All you need to know about ski holidays by train

Paris-Nord to Paris-Austerlitz

You can change from Paris-Nord station to Paris-Austerlitz station easily by pre-booked taxi, or a taxi from the taxi rank

Pre-booked taxi - (the easiest way)

Taxi driver at Gare du Nord

You can stations in Paris most easily with a pre-booked taxi. The driver waits at the end of the platform holding a card with your name on it.

The vehicles are spacious and can take skis and snowboards (at no extra cost). If your train is delayed (rare) the driver will wait for you. All the drivers speak English.

The drive from Paris Nord to Paris Austerlitz takes around 15 - 25 minutes by taxi.

A company that we can recommend is City Airport Transfers (the name belies the fact that they also offer taxi transfers between train stations in Paris). We have used them for personal journeys ourselves, many times, and also in the film below.

City Airport Transfers: Paris Gare du Nord to Paris Gare d'Austerlitz
Number of passengers Total cost for the taxi
1-3 35€
4-6 45€
7-8 60€
Book Paris-Nord to Paris-Austerlitz transfer online: book online
Enquiries and phone booking: +44 (0) 203 432 9333
Email contact and booking:
There is also a useful Help Page and FAQ

What's the pre-booked taxi service like?

Would you like to see what the pre-booked taxi service is like?

We've made a one-minute film about it to show exactly what it is like - and had quite a lot of fun doing it!

The film shows the journey from Paris-Nord to Paris-Lyon; going form Paris-Lyon to Paris-Austerlitz is similar in duration.

Certainly a good way of travel for a family or a group of friends. It just makes things very easy.

Taxi rank

seating photo:Daniel Elkan The taxi rank at Paris-Nord

When you arrive at Paris-Nord on a Eurostar, you can turn right and exit the station (30 metres) and the taxi rank is right there.

Taxis arrive constantly and even when there is a queue, it rarely lasts more than 10 minutes.

The drive from Paris Nord to Paris Austerlitz takes around 15 - 25 minutes by taxi.

The price from Paris-Nord to Paris-Austerlitz is 15€ - 20€ per four-person taxi. These can carries skis or snowboards.  There is normally a 1€ charge per big piece of luggage.

The Metro (involves stairs)

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The Metro isn't recommended for Paris-Nord to Paris-Austerlitz because the platforms are only accessed by stairs. Sure, if you are feeling fit and don't mind lifting your luggage up and down them then it isn't difficult. But we would recommend taking a taxi instead. The Metro journey between Paris-Nord and Paris-Austerlitz takes 20 minutes, with trains running every six minutes. A ticket costs about 2€, and you can save time by buying a carnet of 10 from a Eurostar or TGV cafe-bar. Allow 50 minutes for the transfer in total.

Take Metro Line 5 towards Place d'Italie (get off at Gare d’Austerlitz)

But we wouldn't recommend this way of transferring if you have heavy cases, because you have to go up and down a set of stairs with about 15 steps, at least twice.

The ticket entry gates on the Metro can be a bit narrow to enter with a wide suitcase. Look for the wide-entry gate, which has a button that you press for it to open.

Restaurants at Paris-Austerlitz: Le Relais d'Auvergne

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Situated: Just in front of station
Address: 6 Boulevard de l'Hôpital, 75005, Paris
Cuisine: From Auvergne region
Price for a main course: €11.50 - €13.80
English spoken: Yes
Space to store bags/skis: Yes
Reservation: Only required for big groups
Opening times: 12.00 - 15.00 and 19.00 - 22.30
Phone: 00 33 1 43 36 37 89

Restaurants at Paris-Austerlitz: A L'Escargot d'Or

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Situated: 100m from station
Address: 8 Boulevard Hôpital, 75005, Paris
Cuisine: Traditional, specialising in snails
Price for a main course: €12 - €15
English spoken: Yes
Space to store bags/skis: Yes
Reservation: Advised
Opening times: Monday – Friday 09.00 – 23.00, Sat/Sun closed
Phone: 00 331 43 31 58 47